This course offers you the opportunity to explore and develop skills in the creative areas of printing, embroidery, weaving, and knitting. Supported by expert academic and technical staff, you will learn hand-crafting and digital techniques in our extensive facilities.
We have a rich heritage and long history of teaching textile design, offering expertise and exceptional links with industry. This award-winning course covers design for both fashion and interiors, and allows you to explore the different areas of textile design before specialising as your work develops.
- Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only textile design degree course in the UK that's accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
- Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables (2017 The Guardian university league table).
- Learn hand-crafting techniques, and work with industry-standard digital machinery.
- Take part in industry competitions with professional bodies such as the Bradford Textile Society, Texprint, and the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
- Get involved with live projects with companies such as Graham & Brown, Romo, South African Mohair, Next, Fat Face, and internationally recognised Stephen Walters and Sons Ltd. Projects can often lead to work placements and seeing your designs put into production.
- Undertake periods of valuable work experience around your studies.
- Visit international trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris.
- Apply for a year-long paid graduate internship in New York working for the ANN INC. brands – Ann Taylor, LOFT, or Lou & Grey.
- Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and be selected for New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai.
- Have the option to transfer to our BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design or BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles courses in Year Two.
- Be assured that 98% of students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
- 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)
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How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:
- studio workshops
- textile demonstrations and workshops
- study visits
- a portfolio
- presented and resolved projects
- technical, contextual, and career planning
- a reflective learning journal
- essays (written and visual)
- an individual research project.
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
You will have the opportunity to go on national and international trips. In Year One, you will visit a UK destination such as Manchester or London. In Year Two, you will have the option to visit an international trade fair such as Première Vision in Paris. Selected final year students are sponsored to travel out to Shanghai to work with the SPINEXPO marketing team, helping them to present the show.
The University is part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
You will also have the opportunity to be selected to exhibit your work to industry at New Designers in London, one of the UK's most important graduate exhibitions.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).
Careers and employability
This course has an enviable international reputation thanks to the success of its graduates - 100% of students go into employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2015/16).
Employability is a key focus, with modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career. This includes live projects, visiting professionals, work experience, exhibition opportunities, and competitions.
After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including: designing, buying, sourcing and merchandising, production management for textiles, product development, styling, journalism, trend prediction, marketing, and teaching.
Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:
- Boden, textile design assistant
- Debenhams, trainee assistant buyer
- DFS, junior designer
- Edina Ronay, studio assistant
- F&F, trainee designer
- Hillarys Blinds, product assistant
- Laura Ashley, assistant designer
- Liberty London, print designer
- Mamas & Papas, fashion adviser
- Next, home design consultant
- Nina Campbell, studio assistant
- Paul Smith, print assistant
- Romo, junior designer
- Tom Cody Design, design assistant
- Topshop, merchandiser.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.
Links with industry
We continue to develop strong links with industry through our alumni and staff contacts. Live projects, competitions, and professional bodies are central to the course, giving you exposure to current practices within industry.
SPINEXPO, held in Shanghai every March and September, and in New York in July, is a world-leading yarn and trend trade show. Final year students have recently undertaken sponsored projects, in collaboration with SPINEXPO, to design and produce trend-leading work to be exhibited at the spring / summer show. There is also the opportunity to be selected to exhibit graduate collections at the autumn / winter show, where NTU present emerging talent, giving you international exposure.
This is the only Textile Design degree course in the UK that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.
Work placements and internship opportunities
You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. You'll be supported with access to our database containing a range of contacts for potential work placements. We'll also give you tips on how best to approach companies and designers, and get the most from your experience.
Our Textile Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as:
- Paul Smith
- Thornback & Peel
- Margo Selby
- Anstey Wallpaper
- Julien Macdonald
- Hand & Lock
- Penn & Fletcher
Live projects on the course may also offer opportunities for work placements. Sometimes these experiences lead to graduate employment with companies like Next and Romo.
A recent project with South African Mohair led to an international study trip to South Africa to see sustainable mohair farming.
Our students have also received yarn sponsorship and had the opportunity to exhibit their work at Donghua University in Shanghai.
You will have the opportunity to enter or be nominated for a variety of industry competitions. These have recently included:
- Society of Dyers and Colourists' Colour Award
- Bradford Textile Society Design Competition
- RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Student Design Competition
Our Textile Design students are based in the Bonington building, a dedicated Art and Design hub. Facilities and equipment include:
- dye facilities with a range of dye types available, and bulk and sample dyeing for both fabric and yarn
- laser cutting and engraving facilities
- print room with hand screen printing, transfer printing, collograph printing
- digital print facility with digital fabric printers
- embroidery room with domestic machines, industrial machines (Irish and Cornely) and Barudan multi-head digital embroidery machines
- weave rooms with Dobby, George Wood, and TC2 looms, tapestry loom, Dracup digital jacquard
- knit rooms with domestic and industrial flatbed hand knitting machines and fully-fashioned Shima and Stoll v-bed digital machines.
You will also have the opportunity to use resources from across both the School of Art & Design and the University, including:
- photography studios
- lock stitch machines
- ceramics facilities and equipment
- 3D resources in printing, casting, moulding, and woodworking.